Visitors encouraged to 'think on their feet' at the Healthy Feet Exhibit

    - Michener Institute chiropodists share their expertise with the public -

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci called the
human foot "a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art" and now this pièce
de résistance will be both celebrated and examined at the Healthy Feet Exhibit
which steps into the Bata Shoe Museum from June 11 through to July 22, 2007.
    The Healthy Feet Exhibit will feature educational displays to teach
visitors of all ages about the anatomy of the foot and how it functions,
common foot types, familiar and rare foot disorders affecting the toes, the
arch of the foot and the heel, as well as side effects that can occur in the
feet due to health conditions.
    "Your feet mirror your general health," says Susan Weltz, chiropodist,
former president of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists and faculty member at
The Michener Institute. "Many people are unaware that the first signs and
symptoms of serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and
circulatory disorders often appear in the feet."
    Weltz is part of the team of educators who provided the content
information and artifacts for the Healthy Feet Exhibit. She says the purpose
of the exhibit is to increase public awareness of how proper foot care can
help maintain healthy feet throughout one's lifetime, offer general tips for
the prevention and treatment of foot ailments, and share with visitors the
benefits of seeking professional help from a registered foot care specialist.
    Sarah Beam, Assistant Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, said the exhibit
is a timely reminder to visitors about the importance of healthy footwear.
"The summer season is a time when people are more inclined to experiment with
new and fashionable types of shoes, and foot care doesn't often factor into
people's assessment of foot apparel. We want to provide the public with a
better understanding of why this issue should be considered and taken more
seriously," said Beam.
    Visitors will leave with a better understanding of the foot structure and
anatomy, an appreciation for foot-friendly shoes, an historical overview of
orthotic footwear as well as an increased awareness of the benefits of proper
foot care and the impact of feet on general health.

    EXHIBIT:          The Healthy Feet Exhibit

    DATE:             June 11 to July 22, 2007 - a limited 6-week engagement

    WHERE:            Bata Shoe Museum
                      327 Bloor Street West (at St. George)
                      Toronto, Ontario

    PRESENTED BY:     The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
                      The Bata Shoe Museum

    PUBLIC LECTURES:  Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine
                      Topic: Your Shoes Only Last a Season. Your Feet Have to
                             Last a Lifetime
                      When:  June 24, 2007 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

                      Ontario Society of Chiropodists
                      Topic: Everything You Wanted to Know About Foot Care
                             but Were Afraid to Ask
                      When:  July 22, 2007 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    COST:             Exhibit and public lectures included with price of
                      Museum admission

    About The Michener Institute
    The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated allied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, respiratory therapy,
ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).
    Michener's academic excellence is rooted in: interprofessional education,
simulation education, readiness assessment, clinical education, and
theoretical education to deliver the Best Experience, Best Education hallmark
of learning to our 800 full-time and 3,300 part-time and continuing education
students. The Michener Institute's academic programs are publicly funded
through the Province of Ontario and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations.
    More information is available at

    About the Bata Shoe Museum
    The Bata Shoe Museum is a centre of knowledge about the role of footwear
in the social and cultural life of humanity. The Museum's growing
international collection of over 12,000 objects touches on 4,500 years of
history. A varied program of events and exhibitions lets visitors discover the
stories behind footwear from many lands and cultures. Current exhibitions
include: Chronicles of Riches: Treasures from the Bata Shoe Museum; Watched by
Heaven, Tied to Earth: Summoning Animal Protection for Chinese Children; The
Charm of Rococo: Femininity and Footwear in the 18th Century and All About
Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages. Online exhibitions include All about Shoes
and On Canadian Ground: Stories of Footwear in Early Canada. The Bata Shoe
Museum is located in downtown Toronto at the southwest corner of Bloor and
St. George Streets. More information is available at

For further information:

For further information: about the Healthy Feet Exhibit: Iliana Arapis,
The Michener Institute, (416) 596-3120; OR Elizabeth O'Grady, Bata Shoe
Museum, (416) 979-7799 x 225

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